Longtime Republican Faces Tough Primary

Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s decision to rip up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on live television enraged House Republicans. But it was Rep. Kay Granger, who once said Trump doesn’t deserve to be in the same room as war veterans, who led the effort to defend the president.

The Texas Republican introduced the resolution condemning Pelosi on Wednesday after talking with Minority Whip Steve Scalise about how “appalled they were by the Speaker’s actions,” according to a person familiar with their thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The Democratic-controlled House rejected the measure on Thursday. But the move put Granger, a powerful lawmaker who prefers to operate behind the scenes, in the political spotlight.

“I thought that it was disparaging — particularly to those heroes that the president talked about. And to rip up the speech is also ripping up their careers,” Granger told reporters Thursday.

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